FAVORITE CLOTHES - by Stan Levin My favorite clothes have gone the way of the Dodo bird. In recent years I have become not unlike a chameleon. In the longMessage 1 of 1 , Jun 24, 2009View SourceFAVORITE CLOTHES - by Stan Levin
My favorite clothes have gone the way of the Dodo bird. In recent years I have become not unlike a chameleon. In the long ago
I always wore suit, tie and appropriate white dress shirt to work. Whether in my office, or when traveling to factories to oversee manufacturing I was responsible for, I would be dressed to the “Nines”. Throughout my career in industry there was no day when I was not dressed as though I was going to a wedding. In our home offices at Jones New York that was proper executive attire.
Although it may have been unusual dress when going to factories, I do know it set me apart from production men working for other companies with similar responsibilities. They dressed very casually as the factory environment was not exactly spotless. Amidst whirling knitting machines, noisy sewing machines and busy cutting tables, all situated on oil drenched wooden floors, there I would be reviewing production wearing my white shirt, suit and tie. I loved the juxtaposition as I spoke to the factory mechanics in their overalls. Yet, it really was not an ego trip, just a personal, feel good pride within me as that is the way I dressed, and that was the way they had to dress in that environment.
My suits, sport jackets and shirts were custom made in Hong Kong . I would go to his shop, select the fabrics, discuss the styling and my tailor, “Roman Leung”, would ship the clothes to my home when completed. Dress clothes always had been my main extravagant spending passion. I wore the most expensive ties, not because of the price tag, but because of the Italian silk fabric and French styling.
Even my top coat was custom made of Cashmere by Mr. Leung.
When I was in high school my slacks were custom made by the legendary South street huckster like tailor, not known for the best quality, but it just made me feel good to choose my own fabric to satisfy my tastes. How I ever first became hooked on custom tailor made clothes in my teens has been long lost in my memories.
The concept of casual dressing Fridays that came into vogue had not yet been “invented” at the time. Casual dressing every day now seems to be customary. Amongst my many life style changes, I now “live in” shorts and sneakers in the summer, and, yes, with white sweat socks. In the winter I live in warm-up outfits. Of necessity, I have arrived casually. When my wife and I, go to the finest of restaurants I take visual inventory and notice few are dressed other than casual. Yet, my fashion eye still has not adjusted to seeing any man wearing jeans with a nice sports jacket, a style which is not uncommon. I may well be the only man in America that has never owned, nor wore, a pair of Jeans.
I do concede that my former style of dress is an nth degree anachronism. I gave up and now actually find I am more relaxed with casual attire. Slacks and sport shirt now is good enough.